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I shorten my gameplay time to about 2-2.5 hours max a day. I feel I enjoy it better than to rush, beside wanting a better lifestyle ( sleep earlier).

I just took part in the qwent contest, wonder how tough it is. But I made a save just before just in case.
 

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Played a couple hours. First impressions are good. I'm early on, still in the tutorial, just met the blacksmith. I won my first hand at Gwent but I doubt I'll get into it. I don't play video games to play card games. I keep jumping off my horse and running around the countryside, so I'm not progressing down the main path very quickly.

Geralt has more personality this time around, and the game has more of a sense of humor. Graphics are nice. I'm understanding Geralt's stoicism better this time around, not just as generic tough guy stuff, but as a reflection of the breeding that removes most emotional response, plus the culture, which despises and uses him.

I like that the story seems more focused on personal relationships this time, rather than political alliances.

Why does "total time played" say 13 hrs? That's not accurate. Is that a bug?
 

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Finally got to Skellege, lol. It's a level 13 story, but I'm at 20 now, and I still have to go back and do some 14 level quests in Velen! It's a real testament to the quality of the side quests that I don't mind only getting 5 xp for doing them (I MUST!) as I am overpowered. I actually think the system works quite well.

I'm also very glad I saved a separate game at the Triss turning point. Yennefer had a very warm welcome for me in Skellege, and it was better than the Triss experience :hehe:
 
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Played a couple hours. First impressions are good. I'm early on, still in the tutorial, just met the blacksmith. I won my first hand at Gwent but I doubt I'll get into it. I don't play video games to play card games. I keep jumping off my horse and running around the countryside, so I'm not progressing down the main path very quickly.

Geralt has more personality this time around, and the game has more of a sense of humor. Graphics are nice. I'm understanding Geralt's stoicism better this time around, not just as generic tough guy stuff, but as a reflection of the breeding that removes most emotional response, plus the culture, which despises and uses him.

I like that the story seems more focused on personal relationships this time, rather than political alliances.

Why does "total time played" say 13 hrs? That's not accurate. Is that a bug?

Have you left your X1 (assuming you're playing on one) on standby with the game still running? I did that several times in the beginning, and now my play time is way off. It also encouraged bugs, like the horrid Save Bug. They may have patched that by now, but not before I lost over 5 hrs of playtime to it.

I would always hard quit out of this game when you're done for a few hours or more.
 

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Have you left your X1 (assuming you're playing on one) on standby with the game still running? I did that several times in the beginning, and now my play time is way off. It also encouraged bugs, like the horrid Save Bug. They may have patched that by now, but not before I lost over 5 hrs of playtime to it.

I would always hard quit out of this game when you're done for a few hours or more.
That must be it. I'm on the PS4, but I'm using the suspend/resume function. Maybe I'll just quit out, to be safe. Thanks for the heads up.
 

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That must be it. I'm on the PS4, but I'm using the suspend/resume function. Maybe I'll just quit out, to be safe. Thanks for the heads up.
No problem! It's a shame both systems offer this feature, but that it leads to some annoying, and even serious issues. I always hard quit my games now, just not worth the risk to save 60 seconds of loading time.
 

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No problem! It's a shame both systems offer this feature, but that it leads to some annoying, and even serious issues. I always hard quit my games now, just not worth the risk to save 60 seconds of loading time.
I've really enjoyed using suspend/resume on other games and haven't had any problems, but if Witcher 3 has problems reported with it, I'm not going to take any chances.
 

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I see what people were talking about, regarding the depth of the side-quests. They're much better than the ones in the last RPG I played, DA:I. They each have their own stories, which aren't hackneyed but inventive, and sometimes there is a chain of steps you have to complete, not just a simple "go here, kill that" setup.
 
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I see what people were talking about, regarding the depth of the side-quests. They're much better than the ones in the last RPG I played, DA:I. They each have their own stories, which aren't hackneyed but inventive, and sometimes there is a chain of steps you have to complete, not just a simple "go here, kill that" setup.
This is why TW3 is the RPG of the decade for me. CD Projekt has set the bar for RPGs and I hope developers are taking notes. I'd love to play an Elder Scrolls/Fallout game with missions and side quests akin to TW3's universe.
 
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I see what people were talking about, regarding the depth of the side-quests. They're much better than the ones in the last RPG I played, DA:I. They each have their own stories, which aren't hackneyed but inventive, and sometimes there is a chain of steps you have to complete, not just a simple "go here, kill that" setup.
The game is awesome. Even after 100 hours it remains awesome.

You have a lot of awesome & fun gaming time ahead of you.
 
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I see what people were talking about, regarding the depth of the side-quests. They're much better than the ones in the last RPG I played, DA:I. They each have their own stories, which aren't hackneyed but inventive, and sometimes there is a chain of steps you have to complete, not just a simple "go here, kill that" setup.
If you like adventuring/exploring, make sure you visit every question mark as there is always something to do, and even places you come across that aren't question marks but look like something on the map holds something interesting.

The quests in this game blow DA:I out the water imo. even the simplest looking sidequests can wind up being some intriguing side plot quest. It's a shame you end up levelling up too fast and do a few quests too low for your level. But the storylines are worth it.
 
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I see what people were talking about, regarding the depth of the side-quests. They're much better than the ones in the last RPG I played, DA:I. They each have their own stories, which aren't hackneyed but inventive, and sometimes there is a chain of steps you have to complete, not just a simple "go here, kill that" setup.
That's why I said with respect to ME: Andromeda, Bioware is going to have to step up its game.

I just played the new quest, "Where The Cat and Wolf Play". Very well done even if I knew where it was going early on.
 

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The quests in this game blow every single other RPG out the water imo. even the simplest looking sidequests can wind up being some intriguing side plot quest. It's a shame you end up levelling up too fast and do a few quests too low for your level. But the storylines are worth it.
FIXED! :D

There really is no comparison, imo. The way CDPR handles their quests, small and large, is a bit mindblowing. The fact that there are so many of them even more so.
 

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Question: Is crafting essential in this game, or will I be able to find/buy most of what I need in the field? I understand that there are always advantages to crafting -- for people who put the time and effort into crafting, it always pays off -- but I'm wondering if I can forgo crafting without compromising the power of my character too much.

I ask because I've never been a fan of crafting -- it's always seemed like busywork to me -- and I'm hoping there's a way to bypass it, or at least minimize it. If I had my druthers, I'd rather find or buy the stuff I need, rather than go through the hassle of crafting.

I'm playing on normal difficulty.
 

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Question: Is crafting essential in this game, or will I be able to find/buy most of what I need in the field? I understand that there are always advantages to crafting -- for people who put the time and effort into crafting, it always pays off -- but I'm wondering if I can forgo crafting without compromising the power of my character too much.

I ask because I've never been a fan of crafting -- it's always seemed like busywork to me -- and I'm hoping there's a way to bypass it, or at least minimize it. If I had my druthers, I'd rather find or buy the stuff I need, rather than go through the hassle of crafting.

I'm playing on normal difficulty.
Weapons/Armor, not really. I don't know how many times I've crafted a weapon or Armor only to find something better 20 minutes later. Sometimes I will use my Item even if it isn't the best I've got, lol. It's the Principal!

You definitely should do the alchemy, though. The good thing there is you only have to craft it once, and they can have a huge impact on fights- especially things like Wraiths and Draconids. Golden Oriole is the s*** (poison immunity).
 

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Most crafted items do not required rare components so there should be no stopping someone to craft. I have played over 125 hours and my experience is, there is no clear winner between loot or crafted.

The key thing is to look at what you have, & what can be crafted. If a craft item is better, craft it, otherwise, just use what you already have.

Also, some gears can only be crafted, & required you to go on a multi stage quests, like Griffin gear set, which can be upgraded 3 times (enhanced, superior, mastercraft)
 

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Based on what I'm hearing so far, I'll probably craft some Witcher gear but skip the rest. Despite the hundreds of hours of my life I've spent in RPG menus, I'm not a tinkerer by nature. I'm more interested exploring and adventuring. Crafting has always seemed like a chore you had to do, in order to get to the good stuff. I'd rather skip it, if I'm not penalized too harshly for it.
 
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I'm only 10 hours in but just going to say it. Best RPG ever? Someone said CD Projekt Red crafted a masterpiece. I think this goes beyond a masterpiece. The Witcher 3 is the real deal. I mean, i thought DA: I and Bloodborne were amazing but this is on another level right now.
 

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I don't think Death March is all that hard. I think it is just less XP.
 

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Based on what I'm hearing so far, I'll probably craft some Witcher gear but skip the rest. Despite the hundreds of hours of my life I've spent in RPG menus, I'm not a tinkerer by nature. I'm more interested exploring and adventuring. Crafting has always seemed like a chore you had to do, in order to get to the good stuff. I'd rather skip it, if I'm not penalized too harshly for it.
A lot of components you pick up on your travels but if you want to craft Witcher gear you have to go on big treasure quests. I think it took me nearly an hour to run around crafting my first set but about 40 minutes for my next one so depends if you want to do all that running around, normal difficulty is not that hard at all except for when you face stronger foes.

If you do plenty of witcher contracts there's usually a new sword at the end of it.
 

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That's why I said with respect to ME: Andromeda, Bioware is going to have to step up its game.

I just played the new quest, "Where The Cat and Wolf Play". Very well done even if I knew where it was going early on.
Yup, I appreciate the difference.

I should add, though, that a majority of the side-quests are still pretty simple "go here, kill that" affairs, at least based on my limited exposure to the game. Most of the question marks I've explored, for instance, have been very simple tasks -- kill the drowners, collect the loot ... kill the ghouls, collect the loot ... kill the bear, collect the loot...etc. There have been several beefy side-quests, but the majority have still been the old "go there, kill that" format.

That's to be expected, of course. It would be impossible to fill an open world entirely with creative, in-depth side-quests, each complete with cutscenes, interesting little mini-stories, and multiple steps. That's just not practical.

Anyhow, I think the point is, this game has a lot more of those types of side-quests than other games.

A lot of components you pick up on your travels but if you want to craft Witcher gear you have to go on big treasure quests. I think it took me nearly an hour to run around crafting my first set but about 40 minutes for my next one so depends if you want to do all that running around, normal difficulty is not that hard at all except for when you face stronger foes.

If you do plenty of witcher contracts there's usually a new sword at the end of it.
Hmm. Ok, thanks for the input. If it's a part of a quest, I'll probably take it on, but if I have to go hunt everything down for myself, I'll probably just make do with what I have.
 

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Question: Is crafting essential in this game, or will I be able to find/buy most of what I need in the field? I understand that there are always advantages to crafting -- for people who put the time and effort into crafting, it always pays off -- but I'm wondering if I can forgo crafting without compromising the power of my character too much.

I ask because I've never been a fan of crafting -- it's always seemed like busywork to me -- and I'm hoping there's a way to bypass it, or at least minimize it. If I had my druthers, I'd rather find or buy the stuff I need, rather than go through the hassle of crafting.

I'm playing on normal difficulty.
Crafting most weapons and armour is pointless. What you want to concentrate on is the Witcher Gear upgrades. Each set, light, medium, and Heavy has 3 upgrades to make them better. Upgrades and other sets are found via treasure missions.
  • Viper School Gear - White Orchard. This is an early game Steel & Silver sword set.
  • Cat School Gear - Novigrad. This is a complete set of armour & swords call Feline. This is also your light armour set.
  • Griffin School Gear - Velen. This is a complete set of armour & swords called Griffiin. This is your Medium armour set.
  • Bear School Gear - Skellige. This is a complet set of armour & swords called Ursine. This is your Heavy armour set.
Each set has 3 upgrades, Enhanced, Superior, and Master Crafted.

Also, in General upgrade tree you can pick a trait that ties specifically to the weight class of armour you choose. These offer some nice buffs or perks.

  • Cat School Technique will offer a Critical hit damage increase of 25 and a fast attack damage increase of 5%
  • Griffin School Technique will give sign intensity boost of 5% and endurance regeneration by 5%
  • Bear School Technique will increase strong attack by 5% and maximum health by 5%
 
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I got the DLC armor the wolf school and it's stats are better then Griffin.
 

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Yup, I appreciate the difference.

I should add, though, that a majority of the side-quests are still pretty simple "go here, kill that" affairs, at least based on my limited exposure to the game. Most of the question marks I've explored, for instance, have been very simple tasks -- kill the drowners, collect the loot ... kill the ghouls, collect the loot ... kill the bear, collect the loot...etc. There have been several beefy side-quests, but the majority have still been the old "go there, kill that" format.

That's to be expected, of course. It would be impossible to fill an open world entirely with creative, in-depth side-quests, each complete with cutscenes, interesting little mini-stories, and multiple steps. That's just not practical.

Anyhow, I think the point is, this game has a lot more of those types of side-quests than other games.


Hmm. Ok, thanks for the input. If it's a part of a quest, I'll probably take it on, but if I have to go hunt everything down for myself, I'll probably just make do with what I have.
I do not know how far you have go, but the game only started opening up at Velen. White Orchard is kinda dull.

The best 'side' quests are those linked with the main story, & involve key NPCs.

I didn't a lot of Witcher contracts, but its a good way to get relic weapons. I find them to be more dull, & also you get easily overlevel doing so.


Tips for Qwent.

Don't leave it late like I do. I started trying to play Qwent seriously at around level 20plus.

Its best to play qwent when the chance arises, like meeting a new merchant that play qwents. When you win (at least the first time), you get a card from them. Buy from venders when available.
The game to not show you where the Qwent players are so its kinda hard without a guide if you decided to play qwent later.
If you do not play with the merchants/armorers along the way, you will not have enough decent cards, when you take on the qwent quest players (in the qwent quest), you will be ripped apart.
I enjoyed Qwent, but I get burned out after 3-4 rounds, & have to do somethign else, which is why I think its better to play qwent as you adventure along, instead of a Qwent world tour. .
 

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Crafting most weapons and armour is pointless. What you want to concentrate on is the Witcher Gear upgrades. Each set, light, medium, and Heavy has 3 upgrades to make them better. Upgrades and other sets are found via treasure missions.
  • Viper School Gear - White Orchard. This is an early game Steel & Silver sword set.
  • Cat School Gear - Novigrad. This is a complete set of armour & swords call Feline. This is also your light armour set.
  • Griffin School Gear - Velen. This is a complete set of armour & swords called Griffiin. This is your Medium armour set.
  • Bear School Gear - Skellige. This is a complet set of armour & swords called Ursine. This is your Heavy armour set.
Each set has 3 upgrades, Enhanced, Superior, and Master Crafted.

Also, in General upgrade tree you can pick a trait that ties specifically to the weight class of armour you choose. These offer some nice buffs or perks.

  • Cat School Technique will offer a Critical hit damage increase of 25 and a fast attack damage increase of 5%
  • Griffin School Technique will give sign intensity boost of 5% and endurance regeneration by 5%
  • Bear School Technique will increase strong attack by 5% and maximum health by 5%
Thanks, menace. I appreciate you going into detail like that. I remember you being heavily into crafting in DA:I, so I was wondering what you'd say about crafting in Witcher 3.
 

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Thanks, menace. I appreciate you going into detail like that. I remember you being heavily into crafting in DA:I, so I was wondering what you'd say about crafting in Witcher 3.
Don't let it stop playing withouther gear though. If you fined something you like, upgrade it, and keep it for as long as it is useful. Just do not throw away your witcher gear